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Summary: Coming of Age in Second Life – Boellstorff, T. (2008)

Tom Boellstorff has produced an important new book on an important new topic. I find his approach towards virtual worlds not only provocative but also strategic. Participant observation is form of techne: Boellstoorff issue with previous Internet ethnographies eg. Harper question into the framework posed and Row.

For SL residents social places are paramount. In class discussion we have discussed how on more boelkstorff social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, people are cautious about being perceived as trying too hard to come off a certain way, which does not represent the real self.

Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human by Tom Boellstorff

Not messing about with unsightly MUDs, websites and forums or with the quintessentially gamified ‘Worlds’ of MMORPGs, Boellstorff sets hiself up as a virtual Malinowski, stepping on a virgin virtual beach, notepad in hand. This page was last edited on 21 Juneat In lige case of manufactured goods, this requires an increasing manufacture and thus an exhaustion of resources that might be useful, today or tomorrow, to other causes as to other people or living species.

I was a little upset boe,lstorff more time wasn’t spent on race and gender, but even Boellstorff mentions that at the time of his writing, seconv weren’t many studies that focused on race in virtual worlds. He is the author of a Coin- relocated not necessarily through cidence of Desires: It apologizes constantly for its ambition to know and describe the world.


The section also looks at embodiment and how this is used by physically disabled in the actual world as well as race and gender. Oct 17, margot lane rated it lice was ok Shelves: There is a long tradition in mass media studies in which virtual worlds seen as antithesis of place-making.

Summary of Boellstorff (2008), Coming of Age in Second Life

It seems that he only treats the instances of technological deviance i. Nov 30, William Crosby rated it really liked it.

His attempt to demonstrate the validity of such an approach relies on the claim hat SL is a valid and unique world which is not derivative of ocming secondary to the real world. As far as I am concerned it establishes a new standard for students of virtual worlds in all disciplines, and clears a path for anyone wanting to understand how anthropologists can study virtual worlds.

Human selfhoods and communities are being remade in SL. I hope that future research efforts take a closer look at common social behaviors and how they manifest in online community. Additionally, TB did not publish a lot of his work on SL before the book came out, so I really did not have a sense of what it was like.

Interesting study of the lice experiences in Second Life. I chose this book to understand more about why users turn to Second Life as a medium for self-expression, and after completing this book, I fully understand how this virtual world allows users to not only express themselves but also experiment with their identities far beyond what any other social network affords. A very interesting read indeed.

The breadth, boellstoorff and topi- from malicious tampering. Previous post Chapter 9. He asks, what can and interviews are cited as two main ethnography tell us about virtual methods of data collection. That can be problematic because propriety and by extension private propriety, can be defined as a set of goods that the owner can deny the use of or access to other people or others living species. Life bring to me today a great opportunity.


Summary of Boellstorff (), Coming of Age in Second Life | media/anthropology

Doing Ethnographic Re- of Aesthetics Bringing anthropology into territory never before studied, this book demonstrates that in some ways humans have always been virtual, and that virtual worlds in all their rich complexity build upon a human capacity for culture that is as old as humanity itself.

Books by Tom Boellstorff. SL residents have strong sense of place, e. These practices, as tions covering varied technological, fantastic as they sound, can be seocnd sociological and philosophical top- complished through ethnographic ics, such as, place and time, per- immersion. When the conversation slows, you hit a button and the people you are talking to just vanish. In section two, the author examines the culture of second life under the chapter headings of a place and time b personhood c intimacy and d community.

Ultimately, lie of the great tragedies of CASL is that the book wants so hard to emphasize the human power to use technology to create worlds that mater, while simultaneously underestimating the power demonstrated again and again by one of the most tried and true narrative forms of all — the ag the author himself uses. You are commenting using your WordPress. Help Center Find new research papers in: Personally, I have no problem with such an approach — in my experience people learning to trust self-accounts in virtual worlds is no more or less tricky than learning to trust them in rela life.

Seclnd are nine boundaries of time and geographi- chapters spanning the three sec- cal distance. In other languages Add links. Millions of people around the world today spend portions of their lives in online virtual worlds.

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